The Cattleman Song

from by Anthony Quails

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lyrics

He rides on the prairie and out on the plain,
camps in the canyon at the end of each day.
Night after night, he sits by the fire
and sings with his six-string before he retires.

He works through the winter in snow-covered hills
herding the cattle in that cold, bitter chill.
Sits in the saddle ’til the sun goes to sleep,
then beds on a blanket and quietly sings:

“Lie down, you doggies. Come out, you stars.
Light up the heavens as bright as you are.
Then carry me safely into the arms
of the woman I love before she moves on.”

His hands made of leather, or so I’ve been told.
He’s strong as an ox with a heart made of gold.
But deep underneath, he’s longin’ for home,
but he’s two states away with three months to go.

“Lie down, you doggies. Come out, you stars.
Light up the heavens as bright as you are.
Then carry me safely into the arms
of the woman I love before she moves on.”

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from Before the Bright Lights, released July 15, 2016

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Anthony Quails Chattanooga, Tennessee

Anthony Quails masters the classic genre of old-time country story-telling. Weaving personal and patriotic history, Anthony’s new album Before the Bright Lights presents a set of Americana parables meant to marry our very real existence with transcending spiritual truths. These are real, tangible, simple stories that are meant to resonate and inspire in the deepest places. ... more

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